A single-judge Calcutta High Court bench on Wednesday declined a CPM request to allow online acceptance of nominations by some of its candidates "resisted by the ruling party goons", after which the party decided to appeal.
The impasse over fresh Bengal panchayat poll dates continued on Wednesday as the state election commission didn't meet government officials on the issue even as 40-odd minority organisations asked the panel against scheduling voting during Ramazan.
At least 25 people were injured since Tuesday night after supporters of Trinamul, BJP and the CPM clashed in multiple locations of Dhupguri block. The incidents of violence and attacks have made leaders of the parties in opposition to launch protests and demonstrations in Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar districts.
A single-judge bench of Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the Bengal election commission to "allay the grievances" of Opposition parties on security "in every phase of the (panchayat) election process".
Fresh panchayat poll dates could not be finalised on Tuesday as consensus between the state election commission and the Mamata Banerjee government remained elusive despite another round of talks, said sources.
The attackers of Anadabazar Patrika journalists during Monday's violence over rural poll nominations had not been arrested till Tuesday night despite formal complaints describing how they had been chased, beaten and confined.